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Jan 21, 2003

Jan 21, 2003

Smallpox inoculation plan must go forward, says CDC chief

(CIDRAP News) – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the national smallpox vaccination program for hospital and public health workers must go forward despite the new recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to proceed slowly and cautiously.

Jan 21, 2003

IOM urges CDC to move slowly on smallpox vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has urged the federal government to move slowly and carefully on its pre-event smallpox vaccination program, with a pause after the initial phase to assess the vaccine's safety before moving to a broader inoculation campaign.

Jan 28, 2003

Jan 28, 2003

CDC offers clinicians guidance on smallpox vaccination reactions

(CIDRAP News) – In the years when smallpox vaccine was being used to eradicate the disease, about 50 people out of every million vaccinated suffered life-threatening complications, and another 935 had serious complications. About two thirds of those complications might have been prevented with better screening, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 06, 2003

Mar 06, 2003

HHS plan would aid health workers injured by smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Seeking to remove a major barrier to its smallpox vaccination program, the Bush administration has proposed a program to compensate public health and healthcare workers who are harmed or lose wages because of the vaccine.

Mar 20, 2003

Mar 20, 2003

HHS to distribute $1.4 billion in biodefense funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – US states and territories will receive a total of nearly $1.4 billion for bioterrorism preparedness this year, and 20% of that will be available almost immediately to support smallpox vaccination or other needs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

SARS could be biggest disease threat since AIDS, says WHO expert

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) communicable disease programs says severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may pose a more serious global health threat than any other new disease in the past 20-plus years, with the sole exception of AIDS.

Apr 24, 2003

Apr 24, 2003

Tie food safety standards to public health goals, IOM urges

(CIDRAP News) – It's time to link science-based food safety standards with specific public health goals, says a report released today by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies.

May 01, 2003

May 01, 2003

GAO: CDC should clarify next steps in smallpox program

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should help states adjust their smallpox vaccination plans and goals to reflect the reality that relatively few health workers have volunteered for the shots so far, the General Accounting Office (GAO) of Congress says in a report released yesterday.

May 14, 2003

May 14, 2003

CDC: Don't cancel events drawing people from SARS-affected areas

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials say businesses and universities should go ahead with meetings and events, such as graduation ceremonies, that include travelers from areas affected by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

May 14, 2003

In funding guidelines, HHS urges states to press on with smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – In new guidelines for obtaining federal bioterrorism preparedness funds, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging states to press on with their smallpox vaccination efforts and other smallpox response planning.

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